Linkin' Log, Politics

The Arizona Republic: How do we respond to threats after our endorsement? This is how.

After endorsing a Democrat for president for the first time in their 126-year publication history, The Arizona Republic has gotten a number of threats against their staff, from the reporters who know that this sort of thing comes with the territory to the kids who are selling subscriptions door-to-door who shouldn’t be dragged into editorial matters unless you’re a freakin’ monster. Mi-Ai Parrish, the president of the paper, responds to these threats in this editorial with a reminder that the First Amendment is kinda crazy-important.


WIRED: Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

Jigsaw, Google’s think-tank, has used Google’s search advertising algorithms to help dissuade people searching for information on joining ISIS to, y’know, not join.

The program, which Jigsaw calls the Redirect Method and plans to launch in a new phase this month, places advertising alongside results for any keywords and phrases that Jigsaw has determined people attracted to ISIS commonly search for. Those ads link to Arabic- and English-language YouTube channels that pull together preexisting videos Jigsaw believes can effectively undo ISIS’s brainwashing—clips like testimonials from former extremists, imams denouncing ISIS’s corruption of Islam, and surreptitiously filmed clips inside the group’s dysfunctional caliphate in Northern Syria and Iraq.

That’s brilliant and an actual display of courage. Google deserves all the high-fives.


"Nearly Coherent: The Lotto, Genies, and Other Improbable Things"
Incoherent Rambling, Linkin' Log, Podcasts

Nearly Coherent: The Lotto, Genies, and Other Improbable Things

In this episode of The Nearly Coherent Podcast: Jeff enjoys playing the lottery! Everyone talks about what they’d wish for if they found a genie! Dave has a fan club(?)!

Unrelated to the episode, doesn’t “improbable” look like it’s spelled incorrectly? It’s not! It’s just a weird freakin’ word like that, you guys.